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Dope Quote #42

posted by on 19/03/2012

I’ve had a debate on this topic with a plethora of people in the past few weeks. I recently asked my cousin where he’s from and he responded with ‘I’m British‘. Not British INDIAN – I maybe born here and also not be the most ‘indian’ of Indians (read this old post of mine before you continue) but that doesn’t mean I still know where I’m from and how much my ancestors, grandparents and parents have strived to get us here. Some of my friends are for the whole ‘I’m British’ talk, I just can’t. Don’t get me wrong, I love England and don’t see myself going back to the motherland to live for at least a few decades. I just won’t disregard my heritage & culture like that, more on the reverse.

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The post was sparked by a conversation between a few members of my family. How do you feel about this matter? I, will be sure my children will know about where they’re from and how we ended up here. Knowing me, I most likely (definitely) won’t end up marrying an Indian girl but even then, you really think I’m going to let my kids claim they’re from Britain without knowing about my history? Cha. Education on India’s history  – the empire, colonialism and so on is ever so necessary.

Yang: Thought I’d include my ten pence and add this video by Esperanza Spalding and Algebra Blesset. The video reflects Yin’s point on not knowing enough about where you’re from, the kids in the video aren’t educated enough on this subject at school so their father gives them a history lesson of his own. The song is about identity and being proud of where you’re from- and It makes you think… in America, black people are called ‘African Americans‘ which is in no way offensive but I don’t know if I would be ok with that. African… but where in Africa? Where are you from? Where does your heritage lie? I would want to know. #justsaying.

Cutting it short there, will address this topic in Yin’s Life when I get a chance.

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